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Hollywood Godfather

Narrated by: Gianni Russo
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set up her brother Sonny, played by James Caan, for a hit. Russo didn't have to act - he knew the Mob inside and out, from his childhood in Little Italy, to Mafia legend Frank Costello, who took him under his wing, to acting as a messenger to New Orleans Mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club (he was acquitted of murder when the court ruled this as justifiable homicide).    

Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who became his son's godfather, and Marlon Brando, who mentored his career as an actor after trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to fire him from The Godfather. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli and scores of other celebrities. He went on to star in The Godfather: Parts I and II, Seabiscuit, Any Given Sunday and Rush Hour 2, among many other films in which he also acted as producer. Hollywood Godfather is his no-holds-barred account of a life lived on the edge. It is a story filled with violence, glamour, sex - and fun.  

©2019 Gianni Russo (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Absolutely fascinating

Having always loved Hollywood gossip, and watched The Godfather movie more times than I can count ! I was attracted by the title . It was a huge bonus to find out that the writer had played the part of Carlos, who married The Godfather’s daughter.. Being involved with the mafia, and how he got the part, is only one of the revelations in his extraordinary life . The people he knew well go from top Hollywood stars to heads of mobster
“Families “ and he was involved with both . That he narrates the book himself ( a great gravelly voice) just adds to its authenticity. A super listen all round .

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mr balls

mr russo lives life as if theres no tomorrow,smart guy ,when did he sleep,I'm jealous.

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An outstandingly colourful life

I could not put this book down. Extremely entertaining and the story being told by Gianni himself adds to the authenticity.
p.s. hope you get to see your kids again.

nick Hammond

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A Scintillating Story

If this was a fictional novel it would be a compelling thrilling story.
Being in fact a life story it is even more so a truly riveting & amazing story from start to finish.

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good work of fiction

entertaining but mostly bs

watching live TV on the high seas in 1963?

a few weeks after Kennedy's assassination Nov 63 he comments on topless bathers in Monte Carlo
topless bathers in December really?

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  • 06-05-19

Powerful stuff

Enjoyed every chapter. The author tells it best with his voice and real NYC accent. Just one thought for Mr Russo, how were you able to rekindle all that mental power needed each time, just to be able to ride out that amazing and some times scary roller coaster, your life decided to put you on? Hope you write a second one. Jeff